Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

After watching yesterday's fantastic launch, it only makes sense to talk about the Kennedy Space Center's equally fantastic neighbor - the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (MINWR). One of the segments in our Florida Beach Basics - The Space Coast DVD is devoted to Playalinda Beach at MINWR, and we marvel that NASA, The National Parks System, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and State and local governments have cooperated with each other and with Mother Nature to preserve and maintain this chunk of Florida and make it accessible to all of us. This photo from the DVD shows the view of the shuttle launch pad from MINWR.

MINWR is conducting a van tour at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 23, to teach folks about habitats and wildlife. Call 861-5601 for more information. Just a note - to reach MINWR, you need to start from US #1 and County Road 402 in the north end of Titusville. Take a right on 402 and head east for about five miles to the Visitor's Center. Don’t look at a map and think you can take a shortcut through the Kennedy Space Center, because that road is not open to the public.
A nice story in Florida Today about the rescue of an anhinga whose beak was tangled in pink string to the point it could not eat or drink. A group of Viera residents were able to capture the weakened bird and take it to the Florida Wildlife Hospital (you'll remember the FWH and the little otter with the milk mustache in our April 30 post), and Director Sue Small thinks it should be ok. Good job all around!
Friend Wayne sent this photo the other day - to find out more about it, you'll have to visit our Space Coast Eco site. It's a good tale.


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